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Let no unseemly strife
Break out 'twixt man and wife,
Hallow the earthly tie
By heavenly harmony.
Observe the solemn troth
God grant you rich increase!
• Eternal life above!
TAKING THE VEIL.
"That ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction."
Virgin daughter, who art led
To this altar to be wed,
Who thy heart and soul hast given
Freely to the God of Heaven,
Christ thy husband thou dost choose,
Thou shalt be his holy bride,
He shall be thy Lord and Guide :
Clad in raiment white as snow,
Hark! a thousand thousand times Sound the everlasting chimes;
Angels, unperceived by men,
Throng the glorious wedding train.
Virgin daughter, from this hour Know the Heavens are thy dower ; Earth has nothing to compare With the glories treasured there.
Lowly, lowly, lowly bow,
Ere thou take the solemn vow;
Then to Christ for ever wed.
"Ye do shew the Lord's death till he come."
A spotless lamb, by God's command,
But none, save Jesus, God's own Son,
The work he finished: now no more
Yet still, in thankful memory,
We break the bread, and take the cup;